Celebrate Harvest like a Celebrity at KJ

Wine, food, chefs and serious garden porn for this year's Harvest Party at Santa Rosa's KJ Wine Center

The garden harvest, cooking demos and educational seminars with some of the country’s top chefs is the renewed focus of Kendall-Jackson’s Harvest Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2018.

Replacing the 15-year run of the Heirloom Tomato Festival, the new celebration offers a chance to get up close and personal with Master Gardener Tucker Taylor, talk wine with master winemaker Randy Ullom and meet the internationally-celebrated KJ culinary team headed by Justin Wangler. (The KJ culinary team were recently tapped to cook at the Leonardo DiCaprio fundraiser event).

Season cookbook from Jackson Family Wines.
Season cookbook from Jackson Family Wines.

The celebration also will feature the culinary team’s new cookbook, “Season: A Year of Wine Country Food, Farming, Family & Friends” (Cameron, $50). The coffee-table (and drool-worthy) culinary guide includes recipes like: 

  • Peach Toast with Garden Honey & Spicy Bush Basil
  • Roasted Salmon with Artichoke Barigoule & Sorrel Aioli
  • Purple Potato Salad with Peas, Dill & Tarragon
  • Seared Flat Iron Steak with Spigarello & Cherry Tomatoes
  • Beet Pasta with Ham Hock & Brussels Sprout Leaves
  • Charred Calamari, White Bean & Chorizo Salad
  • Cherry Clafoutis with Tarragon Whipped Cream

It’s also chock-full of Farmer T’s award-winning Instagram garden photos, the culinary team and seasonal food porn from Wangler and kitchen collaborator Tracey Shepos Cenami with decadent desserts from Robert “Buttercup” Nieto. 

In addition, there will be demos from Top Chef Masters’ Douglas Keane of Two Birds/One Stone and a farm-to-table talk with Michelin darlings Kyle and Katina Connaughton of Healdsburg’s Single Thread. Tickets are $12- to $150 per person, and proceeds will go to the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. Details at kj.com/events.